Diabetes Center of Excellence for Better Patient Outcomes
By 2050, when seniors are predicted to make up 21 percent of the U.S. population, the incidence of diabetes is expected to double. Already considered an epidemic, it affects nearly 21 percent of people 60 or older. The prevalence of diabetes among adult San Mateo County residents has risen from 3.9 percent in 1998 to 8.2 percent in 2008. Additionally, approximately half of all intensive care patients in the Mills-Peninsula system also have diabetes.
Diabetes has multiple related impacts on many parts of the body, such as the heart, nerves, eyes, feet and kidneys. Diabetes can also make people more susceptible to falls, injuries and diseases such as Alzheimer’s, thus tying treatment of diabetes to every other aspect of Mills-Peninsula’s vision for a healthier community.
Many medical specialties, including cardiovascular, neurosciences and orthopedic care, must be involved to create and sustain an effective diabetes program.
Our goal is to develop a Diabetes Center of Excellence that will work with the community to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes and provide excellent care to improve the quality of life for people who have the disease.
Key Features of the New Center
The Diabetes Center of Excellence will:
- Expand the current diabetes information system to keep members of the health care team informed on the status of patients
- Provide access to a team of diabetes resources including endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, nephrologists, cardiologists, clinical nurse specialists, exercise physiologists, dieticians and health coaches
- Equip patients and families for ongoing diabetes self-care to reduce acute conditions and side effects and limit the need for hospitalization
- Demonstrate quality performance as measured by Medicare and the Integrated Healthcare Association
- Improve patient- and family-centered hospital discharge and follow-up care
To find out more about this proposed center of excellence and how you can support it, please contact John Loder, president of Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-696-5958.
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